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ACR-158 Cancer Screen Week.(2017-2018)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 158

Relative to Cancer Screen Week.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 11, 2018. ]


ACR 158, Baker. Cancer Screen Week.
This measure would annually designate the first week of December as Cancer Screen Week, as specified.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, In 2018, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 600,000 people will lose their lives to cancer in the United States; and
WHEREAS, The American Cancer Society estimates that 60,650 people in California will die from cancer in 2018; and
WHEREAS, The National Cancer Institute estimates that up to 210,000 deaths in the United States could be avoided with early and appropriate cancer screening; and
WHEREAS, The cancer death rate dropped 26 percent between 1991 and 2014 because of reductions in smoking and advances in early detection and treatment; and
WHEREAS, Specifically, according to the American Cancer Society, the five-year relative survival rate for cancers found at the local stage are about: 56 percent of lung cancers; 90 percent of colon and rectum cancers; 92 percent of cervical cancers; 99 percent of breast cancers; and 99 percent for melanoma of the skin cancers; and
WHEREAS, Many of these cancers are often preventable, and early detection and treatment are critical, as cancer does not always cause symptoms, and many occur in people with no family history; and
WHEREAS, Specific cancer types disproportionately affect different populations, for example: breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among black women; prostate cancer rates in black men are double those of other men; the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer for Alaska Natives is about double that of other Americans; cervical cancer is more prevalent among Hispanic and African American women; two out of three people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 years of age or older; and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is among the most common cancers in young adults; and
WHEREAS, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rates of screening for many cancer types in recommended populations remain substantially below Healthy People 2020 targets; and
WHEREAS, It is critical to reinforce the need for people to discuss their individual risk factors for cancer with their health care providers and understand the recommendations for, and benefits of, cancer screening; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED BY THE ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THE SENATE THEREOF CONCURRING, That all citizens of California are encouraged to visit for cancer screening resources and talk to their health care providers about their risk factors for all cancer types, including, but not limited to, breast, cervical, colon, lung, prostate, and skin cancers, and recommended screening options; and be it further
RESOLVED, That in California in 2018, and annually thereafter, the first week of December be known as Cancer Screen Week; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.